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We’re Reading “Halfway Home” - National CASA/GAL Book Club’s Poverty Learning Series

National CASA/GAL Book Club’s Poverty Learning Series

Join the National CASA/GAL Book Club on Monday, June 13, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PT as we discuss the book Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration with author Dr. Reuben Jonathan Miller. To mark the final book of our Poverty Learning Series, we are opening this discussion to all members of the CASA/GAL network.

Each year more than half a million Americans are released from prison and join a population of twenty million people who live with a felony record. Dr. Miller, a chaplain at the Cook County Jail in Chicago and now a sociologist studying mass incarceration, spent years alongside prisoners, ex-prisoners, their friends and their families to understand the lifelong burden that even a single arrest can entail. What his work revealed is a simple, if overlooked truth: life after incarceration is its own form of prison. The idea that one can serve their debt and return to life as a full-fledged member of society is one of America's most nefarious myths.